Michael Myers (politician)

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Michael Myers
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
In office
November 2, 1976 – October 2, 1980
Preceded by William Barrett
Succeeded by Tom Foglietta
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 184th district
In office
January 5, 1971 – November 2, 1976
Preceded by Leland Beloff
Succeeded by Leland Beloff
Personal details
Born Michael Joseph Myers
(1943-05-04) May 4, 1943 (age 71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic

Michael Joseph "Ozzie" Myers (born May 4, 1943) is a politician from Philadelphia.

Myers was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[1] Myers, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.[citation needed] Myers had previously been a longshoreman.[2] He was regarded as a "maverick" from the very beginning of his tenure in office. For example, in 1979 he got into a fistfight with a waiter in Washington, D.C., who he felt was not showing proper respect for a member of Congress.[citation needed]

Myers is best known for his involvement in the Abscam scandal in 1980. Myers was videotaped accepting a bribe of $50,000 from undercover FBI agents on August 22, 1979.[3] On that tape, Myers is recorded saying that "money talks and bullshit walks."[4] Myers was expelled from the House of Representatives on October 2, 1980, by a vote of 376 to 30, becoming the first member of the House to be expelled since 1861; the next to suffer this fate was Democrat Jim Traficant in 2002.[citation needed] Myers was defeated by Thomas M. Foglietta in the 1980 election. Myers was convicted of bribery and conspiracy and sentenced to three years in prison in 1981.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cox, Harold. "House Members M". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  2. ^ Michael J. Myers at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  3. ^ "United States v. Myers, et al., 692 F.2d 823". Duffygreen.com. 
  4. ^ Charles E. Bennett (September 24, 1980). In the Matter of Representative Michael J. Myers, House Report 96-1387 (pdf). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 
  5. ^ Greenhouse, Linda (June 1, 1983). "JUSTCES REFUSE TO HEAR APPEALS IN 7 ABSCAM CASES". New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 

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